Sermon by Rev. Harrod Emmanuel Clay, Jr. James 2:14-26 If we have faith, there should be steps that we are taking toward our destiny. Every issue or challenge that we face in life is an opportunity to trust God. Our faith must be placed in the rhema Word of God that is tailored made for our lives. God uses problems to school us on who he is and whatwecan do through his Word operating in our lives.
When God gives an assignment, he builds in provision, so that we have everything that we need to complete the assignment. When we obey God , he will meet us in our place of obedience. If we do what God tells us to do, he is obligated to be with us, as he was with the Israelites in Deuteronomy 7. There are blessings in obedience. When we purpose to obey God and not veer from his instruction, we are positioned to prosper and have good success (Joshua 1).
However, there are times in which we do not obey God's Word. Rather than making faith-filled decisions, we make doubt-filled decisions. We see this reality played out in Scripture over and over again. These doubt-filled decisions are largely due to the erroneous belief that God was withholding something or denying a particular blessing. Consider Achan in Judges 7. His decision to disobey instruction and steal what was to be destroyed, cost him his life, as well his family's. An entire family was destroyed because of one man's doubt-filled decision.
We see the same reality in the life of Samson (Judges 13-16). A Nazarite from birth, Samson was set apart. His life was to be dedicated to the LORD. He was a leader and a judge; a person of prominence and status. Yet, Samson completely abandoned the Word of God, and we all know his end. His decision to turn from the Word of God left him shackled, eyeless, and used for entertainment. It was not Delilah who led to his demise, it was disobedience.
We need the Word of God because without it, we do not have faith to move forward. Without faith, we are destined to make doubt-filled decisions that will reap an undesirable harvest, as in the lives of Achan and Samson. Faith is the component that pleases God. God backs up his Word and takes care of it! If you are facing a challenge or difficulty in life, remind God of his Word. Make the decision to obey God, walk by faith, and watch a flood of blessings come into your life!
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